AN ADDRESS BY THE MUNICIPAL CHIEF EXECUTIVE MR. DANIEL AMARTEY MENSAH ON THE OCCASION OF 54TH INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
AN ADDRESS BY THE MUNICIPAL CHIEF EXECUTIVE MR. DANIEL AMARTEY MENSAH ON THE OCCASION OF 54TH INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION IN THE LEDZOKUKU-KROWOR MUNICIPALITY ON SUNDAY,6TH MARCH,2011 AT THE NORTHERN CLUSTER OF SCHOOLS,TESHIE TSUI BLEOO.
Hon. Members of Parliament, Assembly Members Elect, Niimei ke Naamei, Heads of Security Agencies, Heads of Departments/Institutions Distinguished Invited Guests Teachers, Pupils and Students Members of the Planning Committee, The Press, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is with great pleasure and excitement that we have gathered here this morning to commemorate our 54th Independence Anniversary celebration in the Ledzokuku-Krowor Municipality. Exactly 54 years ago today, this dear country of ours was declared an independent sovereign state amid pomp and pagentry at the Old Accra Polo Grounds by the late President Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah. This was the total removal of British colonial rule, a period which saw massive exploitation of this country’s natural resources towards the building up of the colonial economy. Ghana’s independence however brought renewed hope and aspiration to all Ghanaians to build a new Ghana into a state of prosperity and a great nation, capable of managing its own affairs. Ladies and gentlemen, we are celebrating this occasion to continuously remind us all to guard jealously our hard won independence. In celebrating this occasion, let us also pause to remember all those gallant men and women through whose struggles, sacrifice and blood we won for ourselves the pride as the first African country south of the Sahara to achieve independence from colonial domination and imperialism. Ladies and gentlemen, permit me to take this opportunity to congratulate all Ghanaians for their maturity and tolerance shown in all matters of national interest. It is important that we all put our differences behind us and rise above partisan and sectional interests and further solidify our efforts to build a stronger, BETTER and prosperous Ghana. Ladies and gentlemen, the developmental challenges of this Municipality demands that the Assembly mobilizes adequate revenue
to complement the efforts of the central government in funding development projects, such as schools, health facilities, water and sanitation, improved roads, and electricity among others. As we speak now, the Municipality can boast of one of the best hospitals in the country ie LEKMA HOSPITAL to be specific. Mindful of the need to provide these social amenities, the Assembly is pursuing vigorous revenue mobilization drives to generate adequate resources to meet its numerous developmental agenda. I would therefore use this opportunity to entreat all rate payers to promptly honour their tax obligations to the assembly so that high internally generated revenue can qualify us from more funds from the District Assemblies Common Fund. Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, the Ledzokuku–Krowor Municipal Assembly shares the conviction that education is the key to accelerated development in the Municipality. My information is that as against what happens in other Districts, educational institutions at all levels in the Municipality are adequately staffed. This is a credit to us and we need to further improve upon it to enhance teaching and learning. I therefore appeal to parents and guardians to ensure that their children and wards are fully supported to rise to the highest possible level on the academic ladder. The Municipality, however, is plagued with a few problems that undermine efforts at providing quality and affordable education to all. But in his last State of the Nation Address, His Excellency President J.E.A Mills inspired a great hope of further increasing the CAPITATION GRANT, BUILDING MORE SCHOOLS and widening the SCHOOL FEEDING PROGRAMME. He also very recently broke grounds for two more public universities in both the Volta and Brong Ahafo regions. And very soon Schools-Under-trees would be a thing of the past. *** Extempore: JHS Computerised System. The Assembly is also currently executing a number of school projects like classroom blocks and dormitory Let me also invite all stakeholders, such as individuals, corporate organizations and NGO’s to collaborate with the Assembly to provide more educational facilities to help improve the situation. The Assembly is also seriously engaged in road improvement within the Municipality. Since last year up to date, the Assembly has spent over GHC200,000 of its development fund on the road sector. Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my fervent appeal to all road users to take very good care of these roads that are being improved in order to last long. Distinguish ladies and gentlemen, my address will certainly not be complete without touching on the environmental sanitation management and how best to keep the Municipality clean. Our daily activities inadvertently generate huge volumes of waste which if not managed properly would lead to insanitary conditions. Recently, there was an outbreak of cholera in some parts the Municipality but the Municipal Health Directorate of the LEKMA hospital and NADMO worked very hard around the clock to contain the situation.
I however wish to appeal to everybody to practice good hygiene in order, to avert the spread of the disease and other. Hon. Members of Parliament, Distinguished Traditional Rulers, School Children, Ladies and Gentlemen, permit me to bring my address to a close by giving a word of advice to our school children who this morning have made us proud with their impressive march pass. I wish to encourage them to be obedient, respectful and serious with their studies and other co-curricular activities. They should stay away from truancy and engaging themselves in social vices such as drug use, smoking, alcoholism, prostitution etc. I wish to thank
the organizers and sponsors of this colourful programme for a good job done and to the participating schools and teachers for their smart turn out during the march-pass. I wish also to thank distinguished invited guests for witnessing this ceremony. This occasion would go down in the annals of this assembly. We are indeed, grateful and wish to thank you all for coming and wish you all a successful celebration of the 54th Independence Anniversary of Ghana. God bless our homeland Ghana And make our nation even greater and stronger for a BETTER GHANA. Long live mother Ghana. Thank you.